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First Time Building Gaming PC/Budget $1000

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably building in next couple of weeks.

Budget Range: Not looking to spend over a $1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Surfing Internet/General Usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, and Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably purchasing many off of Best Buy.com

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I would like to use an Intel Processor (Core I5) if possible as many people say they are good for gaming.

Overclocking: Maybe (Need to educate myself on how to do this correctly)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Using 23" monitor now at 1680x1050. May move up in size to something that can do 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I mainly play World of Warcraft and have always played it on an Ultra setting. As of Catacalysm (last expansion), I can only play it on fair with very spikey framerates and during some activities my framerates drop to almost nothing. I would like to be able to play it at the quality level that I used to. I have always bought prebuilt PC units and have sworn to build the next one myself. I have enough knowledge (with the help of Toms Hardware community lol), to build a unit, but I'm not always up to speed with the newest technology/best deals that there is. Thanks for all the help.

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Forgot to mention I was looking at this combo for usage and didn't know if it was a good start or something I should steer clear of. Thanks.

Intel® - Core™ i5-3570K Processor and GIGABYTE ATX Motherboard 2666MHz (Socket 1155)
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.47 @ eCost)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.28 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $963.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 16:51 EST-0500)
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qbcz
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qbcz/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qbcz/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 – MAX IOPS Edition 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1010.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 18:43 EST-0500)
    i was not sure if u needed an OS so i didint put it in and but in a nice 240gb ssd in will make those long WoW loading screens go away :D
    if u do sadly need an os then ull have to take it out to put the os in
  3. I'd go with the first one of these 2.
  4. Best answer selected by jpradera.
  5. Everyone was very helpful. I have ordered the parts and will let you know how it goes. Thanks again.
  6. No problem!
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